New Delhi, India

Legislation

Marijuana is not legal in India, however, it has is well circulated in Indian culture. It is now openly sold from houses, too. The reason is that they have the tacit approval of the local cops and even some politicians.

The law says it’s illegal, but that is probably due to their association with the United Nations, which at the insistence of a certain Mr Anslinger, signed a comprhensive drug law. Traditionally, India is very open to hash. Regardless it’s still illegal.

Personal use (in public places), would at the most result in a chalaan (bribe), or some money to buy the cop some juice. You’d have to be really not caring, like sitting in front of a movie theater and rolling a joint while people are walking by.

Law Enforcement

The police have very low interest in marijuana issues, they make no effort to stop cannabis related offences.

Where to buy marijuana in New Delhi

Due to the legal status of cannabis in Delhi, it is very easy to obtain Marijuana in New Delhi – simply go to any “bhang shop”, or, as one of our reporters said: ”Go to the big circle, take a motorcycles with two seats, ask the driver to get some… then he will go somewhere leaving you in the motorcycle. Pay the guy… give him 1/2 whatever he claims. Enjoy!”

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Another report: “You don’t smoke marijuana in India, unless it comes from the South. The hash that comes into Delhi from the hills is amongst the best in the world.” Weed is still commonly available in any of the many slums in Delhi, but generally is not worth the effort.

Without fail the first place to go looking for something to smoke has to be PaharGanj, opposite the N Delhi Railway Station outside Connaught Place.

The best way to go about it would be to walk a while, till you start seeing some bong shops. You’ll be sure to get atleast 2-3 people come up and ask you if you want some BUT many times it will be be some dirty shoe-polish mixture of hash. Just go to one of hippie cafes around and ask the waiter or one of the hippie tourists that you see walking around.

New Delhi Marijuana Prices

Marijuana and hashish are extremely cheap for western tourists in India. The prices vary significantly, but stay low in costs. The going rate is around 50 to 100 rupees (1$ – 2$) a tola (10gms) for weed in New Delhi. Hash ranges from 300 ($6) to 700 ($14) a tola (10gms).

If you do manage to get some cream (the best), get ready to spend atleast Rs1300, about $40 for a tola (10 grams). Others would start at Rs 200.

Brands

Marijuana flower sold in New Delhi is usually outdoor grown, with potency that will seem a bit weak for American tourists. However, the taste is great! Hashish in India is of much higher quality and potency. Also Cream, or Junglee(wild).

More Information

Every thing from bongs, rizlaz, chillums, crushers and of course good quality weed and hash is possible to obtain as a foreign tourist. The easiest and safest way to get anything you desire is to get to this place called ‘pahar ganj’ or ‘pahad ganj’. It is like a settlement and all the hotels in that area of New Delhi are filled with foreign tourists. So if you wanna trip in this city trust me it’ll be one of your best trips ever.

Take a chance, go to the hills, in himachal. Parvati valley, manali. That’s where the hash is grown.

Rishikesh, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation. Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

Where to buy marijuana: Along the bank of the ganga, towards the right, a little ahead of the guy selling chillums on the street, there’s a sadhu selling really good hash. Ask any Israeli tourist where to find him, there are a lot of Israelis visiting Rishikesh for hash.

Marijuana prices: Rs 20 for a few grams. Seriously low quality, but there’s anything else.

Varkala, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station. In Varkala, the cops patrol the beach: dont smoke on the beach or they will nick you!

Where to buy marijuana: Ask the waiters in the cliff top restaurants and bars. I found a v nice guy down by the black sand beach (furthest north of the Varkala beaches).

Marijuana prices: Cheap! Should be about $1 or 2 a gram

Brands: Tasty, sticky keralan buds, seedy and leafy but cheap and fairly potent. Keralan weed contains THCV and makes for a very buzzy, electric high.

Some oil (of the very highest quality) is made in Kerala but it’s very hard to find

Some westerners bring hash/charas down from the Himalayas. Suffice to say not much makes it this far south and it will be expensive

More information: Weed in Kerala is mostly grown in the Forest Reserves, inland. Often in huge quantities. Yopu might try round Periyar.

Palolem, Goa, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: same as usual in india, if you get caught(unlikely) a small donation to the the local constabulary fund (baksheesh) will almost always get you off

Where to buy marijuana: best place i have seen is the internet cafe next to the cuba bar on the beach front, if that is no good most waiters in most bars or restaraunts will sort you out, just ask you’ll be fine

Marijuana prices: cheap although the internet cafe seems most expensive although most reliable.

Marijuana brands: mostly sticky charris, nice hash very soft and smell very sweet, grass not great very twiggy and not too strong. advise to buy charris definately.

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Pune, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Strict laws apply obviously but this is the city where pot flows freely. It’s unbelievable how easy it is and all you need to do is be discreet and smoke in your home. Pune cops only need INR50 to shut their mouth. You can get shut for ever if you screw up by acting oversmart or like a know-it-all; like all culturally imbalanced states in India, speaking the local tongue (Marathi) is a -plus of course.

Law enforcement: Pune’s laws may be strict like Mumbai but the cvity is more or less chilled out; you can get a prison sentence of course for dealing but if you’re carrying worth two to three joints or let’s approximate to about a little less than an ounce (28grams approx.), you’re safe. Just keep INR50-100 to pay as baksheesh (cheap bribe); most cops are overweight and stupid so just be easy on them; they get offended easily especially if you’re a foreigner in the city.

Marijuana prices: Marijuana in all places is about INR50 for 10 grams to the maximum. Almost 100gms is availabe for INR250 and this is called a Jataak. Ask for one and you shall recieve.

Kilo quantities are also available although you’d have to pay an advance and place an order; sometimes the maal (marijuana) is delivered to your home.

Brands: This is a hard one; the marijuana that is available is mostly from Andhra Pradesh and occasionally, from Karnataka. However, it is possible to get excellent sattvic marijuana during the “season” which is post September when the rains have subsided the grass is green. Generally this marijuana is from Orissa or Kerala.

More information: Most of the drug business in Pune is family run and you might find yourself dealing with old women and sometimes older men; some of the dealers in the city area are young and sometimes educated.

Pushkar, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4

Legislation: Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught.

Law enforcement: As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station. There has been recent friction between western hippy types and the locals in Pushkar and the local police are keen to clean up the town. Please bear in mind this is one of India’s most holy places and while it’s ok (ish) for the sadhus to walk around mostly naked, smoking weed, it’s NOT ok for you to do it. Stick to smoking in your hotel.

Where to buy marijuana: There are quie a few dealers in Pushkar, attracted by the hippy types. Years ago, hotels like the Sai Baba and Hanuman had resident dealers, though I have no idea if this is still the case. Best ask around, try asking likely-looking travellers at the Sunset cafe (at sunset!) or in one of the more off-street cafes in town.

Marijuana prices: Usual India prices, around $1 for a gram of good charas.

Marijuana brands: Charas is predominant. This is hand rubbed hash from the himalaya, mostly from the Kullu and Parvati valleys. Parvati is generally regarded as being the best. Some kashmiri likely to be knocking about (tastes nice, isn’t usually very strong).

More information: Pushkar is an awesome place to kick back and step out of the hecticness of India for a while (see also Bundi and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan). I have spent weeks at a time here. Enjoy it (respectfully!).

Mussorie, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation. Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

Where to buy marijuana: There’s no pot in Mussorie proper, don’t bother asking anyone. However, at Kempty falls, 7-8 km from Mussorie, there’s a sadhu selling hash.

Marijuana prices: Rs 20 for a few grams. Seriously low quality, but there’s anything else.

Nainital, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: Posession of under 500g of cannabis is punishable with 6 months to 2 years in prison, and/or a fine of around INR 100,000.

Law enforcement: Only 10% of those caught are actually convicted, and ‘baksheesh’ (bribe) will get you out of a sticky situation.Some cops may attempt to target foreigners purchasing weed.

There’s a slight lack of pot due to strict checkin of trucks smuggling pot, but there seems to be ample hash.

Where to buy marijuana: At the lake, there are boat rides for tourists. ALL the boatmen smoke pot or hash, so ask any of them, and they’ll definately contact you anyway. Pay them Rs 50 to take you to the nearest dealer.

Marijuana prices: Rs 100 for a stick of hash, medium quality.

Jalsalmer, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 5

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in India, but through some strange govermental loop you can buy it legally from one specific store in Jaisalmer.

another reporter added:” Weed is barely illegal in India ; Hash is very illegal. This seems odd to westerners but, basically, “bhang” (weed) is used ceremonially by some Hindus. Hash/Charas is not and is considered a drug. Minumum penalty (if you dont bribe your way out of trouble): 10 years in an Indian jail. Dont get caught. ”

Law enforcement: Depends on the current situation with India/Pakistan. Jaisalmer is a military town (air force) and at times of tension, the local police can ge a bit jumpy. Be discreet and stick to smoking in your hotel or out in the desert. As in most places, the cops are mostly interested in turning over users for a bit of cash. Bribe your way out before you get taken to a police station.

Where to buy marijuana: Right next to the entrance to Jailsmar Fort (the massive building taking up the horizion from any other point in the city) is a shop with a huge sign that says “Bhang Shop”. It serves cookies, lassis, candy and apple juice. They don’t sell loose weed, and if they do its under the counter and you get ripped off, ask locals who are at the shop where to get some loose marijuana.

another reporter added: “In addition to the bhang shop, there is hash available here. When I first visited (a long time ago, 1994) there were usually a few dealers who hung out around the Jain temple in the fort, selling hash. Am not sure this was/is exactly the most cultually sensitive approach and there was talk of occasional arrests etc. Jaisalmer has a good selecton of backpacker hotels and hostels: ask around about buying hash. Very likely you’ll find a fellow smoker on the roof of your hotel, enjoying the sunset. The young guys in the hotel we stayed in could sort you out if you asked nicely (and away from the senior members of the family).”

Marijuana prices: Cookies are 60 rupess, and good for a trip.

Lassi’s are 70 or 80 depending on how strong you want it, apple juice is the same.

another reporter added: “$1 a gram for the better hash. You should be able to get the cheaper stuff for less”

Marijuana brands: Jaisalmer used to be a centre for smuggling across the Thar desert. The tribesmen on the India side of the border would send across alcohol ; the tribesmen on th Pakistani side would send back hash and opiates. Jaisalmer didn’t seem to get much India hash as it was easier to get it across the desert from Pakistan. Not sure how things have changed in this respect but, knowing India, am guessing not alot!

Western travellers in Jaisalmer will more likely have Indian hash/charas from Kullu, Parvati or Kashmir. Parvati charas is generally regarded as being the best. The kashmiri hash taste nice but is often old and not very strong.

More information: I recommend eating a cookie (or 2 if your a heavy weight) and walking around the rampart of Jailsmar fort, it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

Go on a 3-5 day camel trek, take some smokes and ask your camel drivers for some opium. One of the best experiences I have ever had, sleeping on the dunes, under the stars, mashed, listening to the camels and the crackle of the campfire.

Kasul, India

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 5

Legislation: no rules!! they have there own set of rules. this is the place where the best hash in the world is grown. its full of Israelis and Italians who have been staying there more than they have stayed in their hometown. the city is full of cafes and lounges and all are HOT BOX!. police is walking on the road and people are booming chillums in front of them. 
Law enforcement: they don’t care. the maximum is that there is a raid in a cafe, then they would break all the chillums and and give u a warning.

Where to buy marijuana: This is the town where hash is made. its EVERYWHERE (litrally) 

Marijuana prices: ranging from 250 rs – 2000 rs(5$ – 50$) for aprox. a 10gram finger of hash.

Marijuana brands: Junglee (made is less hours of rubbing) Gold (is softer as compared to junglee and a better high) Super gold (made by beating hash on hand, the king of hash)